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Assistant or Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

IU School of Education at IUPUI
Indianapolis, Indiana
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Sep 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI in Indianapolis is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education to contribute to our progressive, urban teacher education programs. The ideal candidate should have expertise with teaching and research strengths in early childhood education and literacy.

The School of Education at IUPUI is an urban-serving institution located in the heart of Indianapolis. Our School of Education has over 30 full time faculty, all of whom are actively engaged in teaching, scholarship of teaching, and research focused on urban education.  Many of our faculty have scholarship interests that focus on social justice and anti-racist practices, partnerships with urban communities and schools, and critical perspectives in education. Faculty in our teacher education programs are committed to preparing teachers to enact transformative practices in urban schools, field-based experiences that support our teacher candidates, and diversifying the teacher workforce. For more information, visit our website at:

As the state’s premier urban research institution, IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.


  • Serve as Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education Program. This role includes scheduling courses and instructors, coordinating student teaching placements, coordinating benchmark and accreditation assessments as well as leading ongoing program development, innovation, and evaluation.
  • Design and implement early childhood curriculum that ground pre-service teachers in deep understanding of critical social justice pedagogy, human development, social-emotional learning, and urban communities within strong field-based experiences. 
  • Engage in research and grant-supported activity in early childhood education.
  • Collaborate with faculty in the Urban Teacher Education programs to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with local schools and early childhood centers. 
  • Lead or assist in ongoing program development, innovation, and evaluation.
  • Provide service to department, university, community, and professional organizations. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate in Education or Child Development with emphasis in one or more of these areas: Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Studies, or Urban/Multicultural Education. (ABD candidates will be considered.)
  • Record of research and grant activity related to early childhood education.
  • Curricular and instructional expertise in Culturally Relevant/Sustaining Pedagogy and other asset pedagogies.
  • Capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate early childhood education courses in teacher education programs. 
  • Record of positive impact with youth in urban schools, universities, and/or communities.
  • Critical pedagogy and scholarship addressing issues of power, privilege and empowerment and the ways these issues affect children and communities. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A secondary area of expertise in literacy.
  • A minimum of three years of early childhood teaching experience (PK-3) in an urban setting.
  • Experience working with infants and toddlers, but also knowledge of children (birth to age five) in multiple contexts such as family child care, in home or center-based child care, Early Head Start/Head Start, and public school early childhood settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to urban issues.
  • Experience or interest in forming partnerships with urban schools to support prospective and practicing teachers in linguistically, culturally and economically diverse settings.
  • Experience or desire to work with diverse and/or underserved populations.
  • Strong methodological training in research and evidence of potential for an active research record.

Application: Candidates should submit (a) letter of application describing their specific qualifications for the position, teaching and research interests, civic engagement, and articulation of how their teaching, service and scholarly interests contribute to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (b) curriculum vita; (c) one syllabus; and (d) two (2) samples of writing. Candidates should also provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for at least three professional references. All application materials must be submitted online at: 

Application Deadline: Applications received by November 1, 2022, are assured full consideration. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is August 1, 2023. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Direct questions about the position or program to Dr. Teresa Sosa, Search Committee Chair, at IUPUI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Individuals who require accommodations to participate in the application process should notify Ashley Clemons at with appropriate advance notice. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and welcome applications from People of Color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and members of other underrepresented groups.

About the Campus
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is located in the heart of a metropolitan area of more than two million people, the state’s capitol and a vibrant business, arts museum and cultural community. With 30,000 students from 49 states and 122 countries, and more than 200 academic programs, the campus is among the Top 10 “up and coming” universities in US World and News Report’s ranking, earning national recognition as a model for urban higher education for the 21st century. IUPUI is committed to serving the need of both non-traditional and traditional students.  For more information about IUPUI, visit 

Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination which includes contact information. 

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